Art Friday (on a Wednesday): Giant Tree Sculpture cast from Actual Tree

This is just too good to wait until Friday for. Artist John Grade, working with arborists, climbed 90 feet up a beautiful old hemlock tree and took plaster casts of the tree.  They then lowered these down and enlisted hundreds of volunteers to make a wooden cast of the tree using tiny blocks of wood. […]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non-Commercial Use

Look what we found on Colossal: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released a vast archive of 400,000 (mostly) hi-resolution digital images online that you can download and use for non-commercial purposes. From a 12-megapixel scan of Rembrandt’s 1660 self-portrait to over 18,000 photos spanning almost two centuries. Here are a few quick gems from […]

Cut Paper Art by Michael Hambouz in NYC

From HOW Design Magazine Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Michael Hambouz creates stunning cut-paper artwork, and thanks to The Durst Organization and chashama, 18 of his large-scale cut-paper collages are now on display until November 21, 2014, in the Lobby Gallery of 1133 Avenue of the Americas in New York City. In a celebration of both cut-paper artwork and small-town manufacturing, Factory Made utilizes a 140-year-old French Paper Company’s own […]

Earthquake Weather: Project by Jenifer Wofford

The Earthquake Weather project of Jenifer Wofford combines all the crazy memories of the 1989 quake with superb illustrations. I remember it – well sort of.  I had driven from San Francisco to LA that evening, and in the morning everyone kept saying how San Francisco was destroyed/had a big quake/ was burning. I kept thinking […]

Art Friday: Robert Ashley – Composer

Art Friday again!  NPR has a great piece on Robert Ashley, who died at age 83. He was brilliant and will be missed, especially among composers working in experimental genres. Read a bit and check it out here. Robert Ashley, a restlessly innovative American composer, died at his home in New York March 3 from […]

Julia Morgan Receives AIA Gold Medal – ‘Bout Time! Yea!

2014 AIA Gold Medal Recipient Julia Morgan, FAIA | 2014 AIA Gold Medal Recipient By Zach Mortice, Managing Editor, AIArchitect The American Institute of Architects Board of Directors on Dec. 12 posthumously awarded the AIA Gold Medal to Julia Morgan, FAIA, the early 20th-century architect whose copious output of quality work secured her position as […]

very cool music – Playing Ice in Siberia

Interested as we are in nature and art, this blend of drumming and ice from Siberia seemed like something we should share. The impermanence of the medium and deep beautiful sounds of the ice seem to add that wonder back into the world. Enjoy! And remember, you aren’t going to discover these kinds of amazing […]